Lightning Round


Lightning Round session | PRESENTATION SLIDES (pdf)
This session allows presenters to share ideas, concepts, examples or research for only 5-10 minutes each. Maximum 3 slides allowed, presenters will go in a lightning time, one after the next with Q&A at end.


Laser Scans, 3D Prints and Fossil Bones Dr. Robert Anemone and Ashley Bryant, UNC Greensboro Department of Anthropology

The study of vertebrate skeletal morphology has been transformed in recent years by the widespread availability of new imaging technologies (e.g., laser scanners and CT scanners) that allow the creation, manipulation, and analysis of 3 dimensional models of vertebrate bones and other hard tissues. The easy availability of 3-D printers allow us to create low-cost and very accurate replicas of original specimens, which greatly increases access to rare and often fragile specimens in museum collections throughout the world. We will demonstrate how our lab in the Department of Anthropology at UNCG has created a makerspace to enrich both the teaching of Human Osteology and our research into the fossil origins of primates and humans.

Napkin to Shelf: Building the Entrepreneurial PipelineDr. Ralph Griffith, Lenoir-Rhyne University

3D printing and rapid prototyping are only a part of the process of taking an idea, applying a business model, and working toward commercialization. This brief overview will explore the importance of building an entrepreneurial ecosystem around your MakerSpace

Makerspace Outreach: Making New Campus ConnectionsDavid Romito, UNC Chapel Hill Kenan Science Library

Academic makerspaces are community-based core facilities that can cross traditional disciplinary and organizational boundaries. To develop a makerspace that serves all of campus, successful outreach efforts to a wide audience are essential to establish a patron base, find partners to bring in their expertise, and generate financial and institutional support. The Kenan Science Library Makerspace began by leveraging our existing relationships with academic science departments and those of our library colleagues in the humanities and social sciences. We then branched out to find other partners on campus who were already using maker technologies, engaged the developing UNC entrepreneurial environment, and reached out to student communities to bring in their ideas and enthusiasm. As a result of these activities, the Kenan Science Library has become an active participant in the burgeoning UNC-Chapel Hill maker community.

Making a Makerspace at UNCG’s Digital Media CommonsCheryl Cross, UNC Greensboro

In the process of creating a makerspace in Jackson Library, our first challenge was funding the equipment purchases and getting space allocated for it. The second challenge will be to find meaningful ways to integrate our makerspace resources into the curriculum. This presentation will focus on our plans and the philosophy behind creating a Makerspace in UNCG’s Digital Media Commons.

Improving the Submission Process for our 3D Printing QueueMargaret Mellinger, Oregon State University

Industrial Engineering students in Senior Design have been analyzing the workflow and processes of our 3D printing service.  One of the places they have recommended improvement was in our submission process.  We had been using a Drupal form combined with Google Sheets and doing a lot of manual emailing.  They designed a submission form using Zoho Creator that allows us to streamline the process by consolidating the information in one place, automatically emailing patrons on submission and finish, and providing custom reports for billing.

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